Woman’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary

Traditional Medical Education

The first medical college established specifically to train women physicians was an offshoot of  the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, founded by Elizabeth Blackwell and her colleagues.  The broadsheet  seen below lists the faculty, including Elizabeth Blackwell, founder, as a professor of hygiene. Her sister Emily Blackwell, also a doctor, taught obstetrics and diseases of women at the medical college.

The Infirmary and the Woman’s Medical College were on the same block, but not adjacent.

The image at the bottom of the page was taken at the Philadelphia Woman’s Medical College; no similar photos are known to exist for the schools in New York, but the clinical instruction is thought to have been pretty uniform from place to place. Mary Putnam Jacobi was also on the faculty.

The Savard cousins who are at the center of the Waverly Place novels studied at the Woman’s Medical College and worked in the infirmary during their training and later, as qualified physicians. The New Amsterdam Charity Hospital, where Anna was on staff as a surgeon, is based primarily on the Infirmary founded by the Blackwells.

Homeopathic Medical Education

While it is not often mentioned in discussions of 19th century medical institutions, homeopathic medicine had a large following at the time.[1]A concise history of this school of medicine is available here.In 1863 Clemence Sophia Harned Lozier, M.D. (1813-1888)‌‌  opened the New York Medical College and Hospital for Women, a homeopathic institution,  specifically for women.  Why so little information is available about this approach is not a mystery. From Dana Ullman’s history of homeopathic medicine:

But at the time that [homeopathy] was gaining widespread popularity, it became the object of deep-seated animosity and vigilant opposition from establishment medicine. The conflict between homeopathy and orthodox medicine was protracted and bitter. We know who won the first round of this conflict.

The Woman's Medical College of the New York Infirmary. Announcement, 1868-69
The Woman’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary. Announcement, 1868-69
1896 - DOCTOR'S DEGREE FOR WOMEN Graduates Who May Pract
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Woman's Medical College of the New York Infirmary
Woman’s Medical College

References

References
1A concise history of this school of medicine is available here.